Icemaker problem on Sears Side-by-side #106.56546400
Through-the-door icemaker quit working recently; immed. suspected water valve, bought, and replaced that item, still not working (water dispenser is fine).
Have read your comments to Tammieroe (03/22/07) and tried the V and L test points - no water (inlet tube NOT frozen).
Also read your comments to WillN2Try (09/17-19/07). Both water valve solenoids work with one of the elect. connectors, but not the other one, which I'm assuming would point to the module. There is NO noise coming from the module (not even trying to turn. (Now I did notice that the retaining clip that holds the white wheel onto the motor gear is broken, but shouldn't the motor itself still try to turn?
I can replace the module if necesaary (or components thereof) but I have already "wasted" money on the valve, and don't really want to waste more if the module is not the problem. (If you think it is the module, should I just replace the motor and gear assembly or the WHOLE thing?
Thanks in advance for your advice!!
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Re: Icemaker problem on Sears Side-by-side #106.56546400
If the retainer in the gear is broken you will have to replace the module. The switch connections are on the back side of that gear and the motor will not run if the gear gets slightly out of place. I will bet the gear has red lettering on it. The module you get to replace it will have blue lettering. Very common problem on these icemakers for a couple of years. They put high torque motors in those modules without beefing up the plastic that holds everything together. The new module should solve your problem.
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icemaker quite? hire a new icemaker. industry joke sorry.
First things first, is it cooling ok? if yes then proceed.
im assuming it stopped making ice altogether, and not a matter of making ice but not dispensing.
If your ice bucket is located in the door itself, you have an electric eye icemaker system, which electronically determines if the bucket is full or not. this electric eye system, located on both side walls of freezer, consist of a transmitter board and a receiver board. you could have a problem with these boards, the icemaker itself, a bad water valve, or depending on the model year, a icemaker fill line that can get clogged with ice, but due to a faulty design, a fill tube heater must be installed.
if your bucket is not in the door, but located directly beneath the icemaker, then disregard the electric eye system info and the fill tube heater info as well.
I have a maytag side by side with water in the door, the cold water works but the icemaker doesn't. No water flow into the icemaker, it doesn't appear to be iced up. Can not tell if the selenoid works.
IT COULD BE 2 PROBLEMS
1 .YOUR DEFROST TIMER IS BAD.
2. YOUR WATER INLET VALVE IN THE BACK COULD BE BAD.
BOTH PARTS ARE VERY INEXSPENSIVE(USUALLY UNDER 20 BUCKS AND YOU CAN GET FROM YOUR LOCAL SEARS OR ANY WHERE ON LINE. GLAD TO BE OF SERVICE
If there are ice cubes setting in the icemake waiting to be dumped then the icemaker is bad. If the icemake is dry then the water valve is bad. You have one water valve with two solenoids. One works water in the door and the other sends water to the icemaker.